Way back in the Before Times—like, six whole months ago—the thought of a summer holiday at home probably held about as much appeal as trying to cut your own hair, or homeschooling a 10-year-old while practising tort law from the guest bedroom.
And the only bubbles that really mattered came in Champagne flutes and soaker tubs.
But hey. We’re an adaptable species. (Your bangs look great, by the way.) We washed, masked, distanced—and flattened BC’s COVID curve with enviable discipline. And if a getaway close to home is what the doctor has ordered for the rest of 2020, then we’re ready to take our medicine—especially when “home” looks this good.
The prescription calls for fewer faces, bigger spaces, and more time outside. It’s not every global city that can offer so much elbow room, but with a thousand acres of park right in the heart of downtown, plenty of public gardens and outdoor patios, and miles of nearby beaches and bike trails, it’s easy to keep your bubble intact in Vancouver.
And there’s no better time to take that bubble for an overnight at a city hotel, where prices are sweet and the perks are sweeter: dips in a pool, comfy beds with pretty views, menus from top-notch chefs, exciting attractions to enjoy, access to green spaces and proximity to nature (think: the seawall). It’s the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself or a loved one, just because. Plus, indoors, you’re guaranteed to encounter a whole new standard of cleanliness and care, thanks to increased safety and hygiene protocols.
So, whether you’re craving me-time or we-time, the city’s top hotels have some great suggestions for well-considered (and considerate) mini-breaks that promise to leave BC residents refreshed and resolved to keep up their healthy habits.
Here are just a few Vancouver getaway favourites—visit tourismvancouver.com/comeback/hotels and stayvancouverhotels.com to check out more great ideas for this year’s “It” vacation.